After an extremely convoluted process involving annoying Ebay chicanery and private correspondence I finally managed to get a hold of Volume 5 of the GameKing's surprisingly voluminous series of 4-in-1 carts (as well as a couple of other single carts I was missing). I won't bore you with the details but I must express my complete discombobulation with the method of packing chosen by the said seller.
Take a look at the picture below:
Yes, this seller, who likes to bid on his own ebay auctions to discover their top value, then PM you with a "spare" that he amazingly found for a private sale, also can't be bothered to buy a box or envelope to send things in so just cannibalizes existing game boxes to do the job!
Determined to try and salvage the box for the sake of classic gaming prosperity I began to unpeel.
These suckers are durable! incredibly I was able to peel the tape of this box with minimal tearing or destruction only to flip it over and find that...
Well, at least the GameKing games themselves were in mint condition.
I know that some people will say "so what?" to this. I know that others will point out that the box is for a game that commands a very low sum on ebay itself (JRPG, Sansara Naga 2) but it really does bother me to see a classic game box receive this treatment.
There are many explanations for why the seller might have done this. Perhaps he thinks it is cool for retro games to arrive inside a retro game box. What isn't cool is covering that game box with sticky tape that might permanently damage it. Cutting it apart with scissors seemingly just for the sake of it is even less cool. At least that's my view.
I'd like to here what people think about this. For me I hope it isn't a sign of a trend. One of the reason's that I collect for gameking is out of interest of cataloguing and game preservation in general, so it kills me to see someone using a 20-odd year old game box (even for a common game) as the mere equivalent of wrapping paper.
Let me know your thoughts below. Meanwhile I'll be uploading some new Gameking reviews this week.